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‘A Tale of Two Kitchens’ celebrates welcoming kitchen culture built upon dedication of migrant workers

“A Tale of Two Kitchens,” a documentary released on Netflix on May 22, tells the story of two restaurants owned by Mexican restaurateur Gabriela Camara. Directed by Trisha Ziff, the short film explores the dynamics of working in the culinary industry and the spirit that fuels Camara’s restaurants. The interior of Contramar, which opened in…

‘Knock Down the House’ is a must-watch in the current political climate

To those disillusioned after the 2016 presidential election, “Knock Down the House”, a documentary featuring four women — including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — who ran for public office in 2018, offers a message of hope through the stories of women who fight to improve their broken communities. Directed by Rachel Lears, “Knock Down the House”, released…

In ‘Fahrenheit 11/9,’ Michael Moore crafts an incendiary argument

In his new documentary, “Fahrenheit 11/9,” auteur and provocateur Michael Moore tackles the Trump age. Moore calls this film a sequel to his Palme d’Or winning “Fahrenheit 9/11,” which harshly criticized the Bush administration’s policies in Iraq. Shortly after “Fahrenheit 9/11” was released, the actor Sean Penn referred to Moore as “the Bobby Knight of…

‘Science Fair’ doesn’t experiment enough

About three minutes into “Science Fair,” filmmakers Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster summarize their project. An inexpressive narrator delivers the following: “More than seven million students worldwide participate in science competitions. 1,700 will qualify for the International Science and Engineering Fair. But only one will win. This documentary follows nine students from around the world…

Sehnsucht bulletins

On a midnight voyage, Searching for my pleasure; Reaching with my mind for something I’ve dreamed.   Cam and I hit the road going north and west toward the middle-end of July. Cam’s a victim of the systematic monosyllabification of America’s youth, but facile oversimplification, naturally, is a treasured American pastime. I occasionally have to…